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Dalit groups join hands to form federation

Dalit groups join hands to form federation

Kalaburagi:In a rare show of unity, major breakaway groups of the original Dalit Sangharsha Samiti (DSS) have joined hands to form a federation to take up common issues affecting Dalits and decided to fight all the issues concerning Dalits on a single platform. The various Dalit factions which have become members of the federation are […]

Govt decides to oppose ‘Dalit’ status for converts

Govt decides to oppose ‘Dalit’ status for converts

New Delhi: The Centre has decided to oppose the demand for ‘Dalit‘ status for “converts” to Christianity and Islam. According to Centre, only Hinduism recognized ‘caste system’ and ‘untouchability’ that led to the creation of a special category called Scheduled Castes. Strongly objecting to the demand, the BJP government argues that “untouchability” was a peculiar aspect of […]

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Caste-based discrimination rife among Dalits

Caste-based discrimination rife among Dalits

Bajura: Jay BK and Dharma Nepali of Bajura got married around 16 years ago. The couple, however, is still not allowed to enter BK’s home. Both Jay and Dharma are from Dalit community. Dharma is said to belong to a ‘lower caste’ within the Dalit community. Therefore, Jay’s family has refused to accept Dharma as […]

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Plight of Untouchables

Plight of Untouchables

Nepal:I still remember that bad day when I took part in the puja ceremony along with other kids near my house. Suddenly some people started kicking, slapping and rebuking me with abusive words while sparing other kids. I did not understand the reason behind the abuse and ran home with fear. I approached my mother […]

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BJP goes all-out to woo Dalits with Ambedkar Jayanti event

BJP goes all-out to woo Dalits with Ambedkar Jayanti event

Patna: The BJP, which faced a massive drubbing in the Delhi Assembly elections, is treading cautiously ahead of the upcoming Bihar Assembly polls. In an attempt to bring more members of the Dalit community into its fold, the party will launch a mega exercise in the state. A big event that will be organised by […]

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Dalits submit petition alleging discrimination

Dalits submit petition alleging discrimination

Madurai: Dalits from the Kuravakudi Village in Usilampatti submitted a petition to the Collector alleging that discrimination by the non-dalits in the village who had opposed their participation in a temple festival. According to their petition, they claimed that during the Kumbhabhishekam of Sri Badhrakali Amman Temple held in January this year, they were ostracised […]

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National Human Rights Commission notice to Pilbhit authorities over atrocities on Dalits

National Human Rights Commission notice to Pilbhit authorities over atrocities on Dalits

New Delhi: National Human Rights Commission today issued a notice to district authorities of Pilibhit district in Uttar Pradesh over allegations of atrocities against Dalits. According to an official statement released today, the commission has issued notices to the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police, Pilibhit, Uttar Pradesh calling for reports within two weeks in […]

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Dalits seek right to worship in temple

Dalits seek right to worship in temple

Salem:Demanding that Dalits be allowed to worship at Sri Sailagirishwarar temple in Thirumalaigiri village, members of the community and various Dalit outfits staged a demonstration near the Collectorate here on Monday. The protestors said the Shiva temple in Thirumalaigiri was located on a government land. Recently, members of a particular community renovated the temple with […]

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BJP to enrol 2.5 lakh dalits, Mahadalits

BJP to enrol 2.5 lakh dalits, Mahadalits

Patna: The state BJP has targeted to enrol at least 2.5 lakh dalits and Mahadalits as its members during the intensive membership drive to be completed by the end of this month. The national general secretary of the party’s scheduled caste front and also in charge of Bihar affairs of the body, Ramesh Chandra Ratn said on […]

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Eight houses gutted in Dalit settlement

Eight houses gutted in Dalit settlement

Rautahat: Fire gutted eight houses and sheds in a Dalit settlement of Ganga Pipara in Rautahat today morning. According to police, the blaze was triggered by an explosion of a liquefied petroleum gas cylinder at Mahendra Paswan’s house. The fire spread to adjoining houses and sheds belonging to Jogindra Paswan, Raktu Paswan, Surindra Paswan, Jagdev Hajari, […]

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